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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable, Gripping Novel, July 20, 2009
This review is from: Winter (Hardcover)
When individuals read Winter by Maneesh Sharma, they will turn each page of this "thriller" with anticipation as the storyline unfolds into a drama of murder, magic, and mystery. The author is very creative, judging by the plot, background description, and the characters he gives life.

In the very first chapter readers are introduced to a killer whom they come to know as "Winter." Though he says he is not the devil, he admits to being a true form of evil. He appears to be a supernatural being that kills for energy and scatters red dust over the bodies of his victims. Ultimately, a man by the name of Alexander discovers for himself the power and magic of this red powder. Who is Alexander? He is a man who had been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Biology for his work on cancer before switching to the field of Psychology. But after opening a rare art store, he turned a hobby into a lucrative career with the help of Alexia, a woman he had fallen in love with. She had many connections in the world of art, and soon he had art exhibits that gave him major status in the art community. It was art that connected him to Winter, a seemingly distinguished man who periodically thirsted for death and summoned the hate within him to become a guiltless killer. Why?

Alexander, while on a tour of the Vatican with other international art figures, had witnessed Winter carrying out his work which included the bloody killing of a young girl. Winter was very rich because he would steal and sell expensive art work, making tremendous profits. It had been unbelievable that Winter didn't kill him at the Vatican compound, but there was something about Alexander that challenged him. Winter appeared to be ageless with powers beyond the realm of human understanding, and he could easily have eliminated Alexander. Perhaps Alexander was a toy whom he was playing with or was there another reason he allowed him to live? Did he even know why he was drawn to this man? And why did Alexander insist on pursuing him, knowing the danger? There was some kind of inward recognition that neither of them understood.

Readers will witness perilous adventure in various locations such as London, Barcelona, New York, and, of course, Chicago where Alexander has his art gallery. Alexander, regardless of the danger, is determined to find out who Winter is--what he is about. But is he prepared for the answers as they slowly unravel? There is also the realization that he has placed the woman he loves in danger.

When Alexander finds some of the red dust and experiences some mystical happenings, he recognizes that he too has new powers. He has a powerful confrontation with Winter and learns that he must choose between two worlds. Does and can he make the right decision?

This is a story with many twists and turns that delve deep into the human mind. It is well-written and, if readers seek an intriguing tale of adventure, I suggest they purchase a copy of Winter...but leave the red dust alone.
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